Journal of Health Care for the Poor and UnderservedThe Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health (NIMHD/NIH) announced a call for papers for a special theme issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) on “Advancing Obesity Prevention: Quality Improvements, Emerging Models and Best Practices.”

The details are reported below. ACU members are encouraged to submit their work. Please note the deadline for submitting abstracts is September 21, 2012.


The obesity epidemic presents a major threat to the health of the U.S. population across all ages, races, and socioeconomic groups, and in particular within disadvantaged and underserved communities. Obesity is a major contributor to serious health conditions including type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Promoting healthy weight requires concerted efforts, including quality improvement, from health care, public health and communities. Quality improvement is the continuous and ongoing effort to achieve measurable improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, performance, accountability, outcomes, and other indicators of quality in services or processes which achieve equity and improve the health of the community. Innovative strategies and approaches are needed, as well, to translate and sustain effective interventions at the community level.  This special issue seeks to address quality improvements, emerging models and best practices with respect to obesity prevention.

Specifically, the intent is to address the following questions:

  • What evidence-based interventions or promising practices in obesity prevention yield improved, sustainable outcomes across US populations, particularly within populations at disproportionate risk for obesity and related co-morbidities?  Of specific interest are efforts that target urban, rural, and low-income populations, ethnic and racial minorities, and children.
  • How can primary care, public health, and community organizations effectively integrate to address obesity prevention?  Innovative approaches that demonstrate integration of evidence- based programs and best practices are encouraged.
  • What approaches have the potential to translate and disseminate obesity research/interventions into widespread and sustainable practice and policy?  Approaches at the community level are of particular interest (e.g., community-based participatory research [CBPR]).
  • How can the application of quality improvement and collaborative models accelerate change and achieve measurable improvements in obesity prevention?

Submission, Review Process, and Timeline

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attachment to by September 21, 2012. Authors should also include the following information in the email:
•       Contact author’s name, affiliation, email address
•       Manuscript title
•       Type of manuscript (original paper, brief report, commentary, etc.);
•       Abstract
•       Explanation of how the manuscript fits the purposes of the special issue

Manuscripts will be reviewed by NIH/HRSA guest editors and selected authors will be notified by October 5, 2012 as to whether or not his/her submission has been selected to undergo peer review by the JHCPU.  Authors will then be asked to submit selected manuscripts directly to JHCPU no later than October 12, 2012 using the Journal’s online submission system.

Please visit  JHCPU author guidelines for additional information on types of manuscripts accepted by the JHCPU, as well as for logistics on the JHCPU submissions process if an author’s submitted manuscript is selected for the special theme issue.

The publication date for this special theme issue is May 2013. For additional information or questions, please contact Guest Editor at

Guest Editors

HRSA:  Sarah Linde-Feucht, MD, Natasha Coulouris, MPH, and Eliza Heppner, MPA; NIH/NIMHD: Nishadi Rajapakse, PhD, MHS,  Rick Berzon, DrPH, and Paula Goodwin, PhD.